Oral Cancer ScreeningNearly 50,000 men and women in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. The five-year survival rate is 83 percent with early discovery. That figure drops to about 50 percent when oral cancer is detected in late stages. The dentists at Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington, IL utilize VELscope, an advanced oral cancer screening device, for enhanced visualization of abnormal oral tissues.
About oral cancer screeningOral cancer can begin in the lips, lining of the lips and cheeks, gums, tongue, bottom of the mouth, hard palate, roof of the mouth, tonsils, or upper throat. These components are essential to overall wellness, helping us breathe, eat, and speak.
There are many types of cancer specific to the oral cavity. Research indicates that risk factors include HPV16 (a strain of the human papilloma virus), compromised immune system, a history of cancer, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Oral cancer screening is part of every comprehensive checkup at Eastland Dental Center. It begins with the dentist’s visual evaluation of soft tissues to search for signs of precancerous conditions or cancer. We may also recommend VELscope to identify abnormal cells in the mouth that are not visible to the human eye. This technique helps to reveal oral cancer early, when there is the greatest chance for cure.
Powerful tool for detectionVELscope is a handheld device that helps the dentist and hygienist see abnormalities in oral tissues. Benefits of adding VELscope to your checkups include:
- Painless – The mouth is illuminated with a special blue light that does not harm oral tissues. No anesthesia is needed.
- No dyes – VELscope causes soft tissues of the mouth to fluoresce naturally. Disruptions in normal, healthy oral mucosa are readily visible.
- Quick – About two minutes.
Services we offer
- Teeth Cleaning
- Digital X-Rays
- Oral Cancer Screening - Velscope
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Teeth Whitening
- Orthodontics – 6 Month Smiles
- Crowns and Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Dentures and Partials
- Root Canal
- Bone Grafting
- Gum Disease
- Oral DNA – Salivary Diagnostics
- Dental Infection
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Myofunctional Therapy
- Physician Collaboration